Monday 16th January 2017
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Tax Return

New year: new tax return resolutions!

I have a confession to make. On New Year’s eve I had intended to go out, drink a bit, drag my fiancé out to see the New Year in with an old friend, and everything else that you might expect to do to bring 2016’s season of festivities to a close. Instead, what did I do?…

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Diversity Workplace

Why diversity will help your work force!

I can’t quite believe that I am writing this because, to me, it seems bloomin’ obvious that diversity would help your work force. Maybe I would say that; with my three cultural backgrounds and having lived in Essex and Yorkshire. With a myriad of friends and colleagues, some from mansions, council estates and everywhere in…

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Chugging

Chuggers: are they really necessary?

A couple of months ago, I was on my way back from a business advisory meeting with Business Gateway (for anyone starting a business in Scotland, they’re a great first resource), and I made the mistake of stopping to talk to a street fundraiser. Actually, it wasn’t him that I’d stopped to talk to, I…

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Houseboat

Hold back the river, let me buy a houseboat…

With only half of 25-34 year olds on the property ladder now compared with in 1996, and the number of young people owning outright trumping those with a mortgage (Sesame Street Explanation: only those with the wealthiest parents can buy), many people are looking for housing alternatives. I have spent the past 18 months exploring shared…

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Confidence Boost

Give your career a well needed confidence boost!

A few months ago, I wrote about impostor syndrome and how it could impact your earning. Talking recently with a colleague about my career aspirations and how I’d like to move more into a writing based role, these words came out of my mouth… ‘I assumed I’d have to look for internal jobs as no one…

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Theatre Company

Seven things to consider before starting up a company

Do you need to start a company to achieve what you want? Or will a one-off project suffice? A fellow theatre maker and I were given opposite advice by two established theatre companies. I was advised to start a company as you get longevity for future shows and projects, you’ll have a better chance of…

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Budget Hotel

Budget hotels: does ‘no frills’ mean ‘no thrills’?

I’m currently staying in a Premier Inn, and I’m loving it. The purple neon and budget status didn’t put me off. At less than 50 GBP per night for a family room, it’s a bargain. It’s not the best view I have ever had, granted but the essentials are all here – free wifi, spotless room, obliging…

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New Year Finances

New year, new finances

As I go in to maternity leave number two, and as the New Year approaches, my savings are not as high as I predicted. I plan on making a few changes to accommodate this. If, like me, your 2016 is ending with your finances in a bit of a muddle, then the New Year will be…

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Millie Chapman

Millie Chapman

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If there’s a bargain to be had anywhere, Emily’s your gal. Theatre, drinks, baking and being treated like a VIP for free, not necessarily in that order.

Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams

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Runner, tired of London but not life. Waging war on landlords.

Dan Lever

Dan Lever

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Family man from Bolton, guitar teaching exercise enthusiast, due to get married any minute now so watch this space.

Helen Harjak

Helen Harjak

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Would you like to know how to dress like a catwalk model for one millionth of the price? Talk to Helen.

Leanne Franklin

Leanne Franklin

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West Midlands lass trying to get on the housing ladder in the smoothest way possible. Likes drinking wine and dancing.

Michael Taggart

Michael Taggart

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Ex journo turned digital PR person often to be found ranting about trains or his misspent youth.

Amy Rowe

Amy Rowe

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Ex journo now digital PR person who is okay at running and bad at saving.

Anne Hutchison

Anne Hutchison

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York-based artist. Of the baby boomer gen, loves yoga and hates overpriced travel. Freelancer with a lust for life.

Clare Lawrence

Clare Lawrence

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Clare Lawrence, nicknamed 'Coupon Clare' at college, lives mostly in Cornwall. Proud mum to Gregory, she'll stop at nothing in her quest to save cash!

Jun Merrett

Jun Merrett

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Former financial journo Jun Merrett admits to still finding money matters tough! Join her as she writes her way through it.

Nadia Nadif

Nadia Nadif

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Nadia works as an actress and runs the theatre company Untold Arts. In career quiet times she teaches, temps and babysits.

Rosie Earl

Rosie Earl

Uber-geek and tv addict. Keen writer and professional trainer in the financial sector. Rubbish at maths

Clothes Shopping

Why I will probably never stop buying clothes

Anyone who knows me knows that I love my clothes (almost as much as my food)! When I first got a part time job at 14, all my income was spent in Topshop. This was then later divided between alcohol and Topshop, but for a while it was mainly Topshop. When I was in 6th…

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